For patients experiencing tooth loss, or the loss of consecutive teeth, a dental bridge is a tooth replacement option offered by The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry. Drs. Stein and Weiss can create and fit a custom bridge to fill in your natural smile at our practice in Skokie, IL.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
This restorative procedure provides an aesthetic result that eliminates empty space in your smile. When you experience tooth loss, you can also experience problems eating or speaking properly. Replacing missing teeth through bridge treatment can eliminate problems with chewing and allow you to talk and annunciate normally again.
Tooth loss doesn’t have to impact your quality of life. With dental bridge or other tooth replacement treatment from The Stein Center for Advanced Dentistry, you can continue living confidently through restorative dental treatments.
Types of Bridges
Dental bridges are commonly divided into four types of designs. Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss can determine which type will effectively treat your specific condition:
- Traditional bridge: This is the most commonly used bridge. It is a bridge with one or more artificial teeth “bridged” and cemented between two natural teeth supplemented with dental crowns.
- Cantilever bridge: When only one natural tooth is used to support a bridge, it’s typically called a cantilever bridge. Often, a dental crown still is placed on the natural tooth to provide the necessary support, and the artificial tooth is cemented into place through the neighboring dental crown.
- Maryland bridge: Rather than cementing artificial teeth to crowns, Maryland bridges use metal or porcelain connectors to hold the artificial teeth in place. As a result, they aren’t as durable as other bridges. These are ideal for replacing teeth that don’t sustain heavy biting pressure.
- Implant-supported bridge: Implants, rather than dental crowns, support this specific type of bridge, which is often used to replace multiple, consecutive missing teeth. The supportive implants are secured in your jaw for increased stability. Typically, one implant is placed for each missing tooth.
Placing a Dental Bridge
No surgical procedures are needed to place a dental bridge. However, your placement procedure will typically require more than one dental appointment. If you are feeling anxious or fearful about the procedure, our Skokie practice offers sedation dentistry services to ensure you are comfortable and relaxed during the entire placement procedure. Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss will also numb your teeth and gums with a local anesthetic to reduce any potential discomfort during the procedure.
First, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth and take careful measurements for the bridge. These measurements ensure your bridge will fit comfortably in your mouth. Your natural teeth that will be used as supportive structures for the bridge will be shaped and prepped for dental crowns. Your dentist will most likely place a temporary bridge for you to wear while the final porcelain bridge is created in a dental lab. Once the final bridge is completed, your dentist will cement the bridge in place and finely shape the artificial tooth or crowns to ensure an even, comfortable bite.
Restore Lost Teeth Through Dental Bridge Treatment
If you’re ready for a long-term solution for tooth loss, schedule a consultation with Dr. Stein or Dr. Weiss to discuss dental bridge treatment options. With appropriate at home and professional care, your dental bridge can last for years, giving you back a confident, full smile. Contact us at (847) 676-3500 to book your consultation today.